Flatbush + Main is a podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history. In each episode, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, historians at Brooklyn Historical Society, talk to scholars and use archives and oral history to dive deep into Brooklyn’s past, tying it to the issues facing New Yorkers and Americans today. Learn more at brooklynhistory.org/flatbush-main. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Brooklyn History
In Episode 36 of Flatbush + Main, Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia say farewell to Brooklyn Historical Society by revisiting their favorite segments from the podcast's history.
Wandering Brooklyn with Walt Whitman
In Episode 35 of Flatbush + Main, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Brooklyn's bard, Walt Whitman. Whitman was a journalist, a poet, a lover, a wanderer, and a Brooklynite. We consider his experiences walking Brooklyn's streets and the inspiration he drew from the places and people he encountered.
Land and Labor in Agricultural Brooklyn
In Episode 34 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia discuss Brooklyn’s long farming history, and the complex interplay of power, land, and labor in Kings County.
Queer Coney Island
In Episode 33 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia explore Coney Island's queer history.Guest Hugh Ryan joins Julie and Zaheer this episode. Hugh is the author of the new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, and the co-curator, with Avram Finkelstein, of BHS's newest exhibition, On the (Queer) Waterfront.
Muslims in Brooklyn
In Episode 32 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia examine the history of Muslims in Brooklyn, drawing on BHS's groundbreaking public and oral history project that launched in 2017.
The Blackout of 1977
In Episode 31 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia discuss the infamous Blackout of 1977, the economic and social context that led up to the event, its impact on many Brooklyn neighborhoods, and its enduring legacy.
great local history
The diversity of subjects is so exciting!
In the Blackout of 1977 Podcast the podcasters defended the people of the Brooklyn for setting fires and looting stores. Never did they describe exactly who set the fires and what happened to the store owners after being looted and burned out. That is why the neighborhood declined. They praised opening a store with merchandise that was stolen. It was minutes of basically saying it was not the people who perpetrated the crimes against the neighborhood fault. I found this highly offensive and would no longer subscribe or listen to anymore podcasts. In a civilized society citizens must be held accountable and not forgiven for egregious acts against people,property,and their neighborhoods as the podcasters praised.
Behind the Borough
I like the way hosts Ali and Golia weave several themes together through a historical event or topic. The episode on the 19th-century Brooklyn Theater Fire brought the idea of a public tragedy, aid for victims, and how the classes were treated together, while also tying it in with the AIDS epidemic and other contemporary tragedies. My one and only negative comment is that I wish the hosts didn’t use the word “like” quite so much. Otherwise, thanks for this terrific podcast.